Saga H. Rinta, homemaker and volunteer, dies at 91

Saga H. Rinta, a longtime Prince George’s County homemaker who was a past president of Finn Spark, a Finnish-American cultural group, died Sept. 7 at the Kensington Park Retirement Community. She was 91.

The cause was complications from dementia and anemia, said her daughter Karen ­Rinta-Spinner.

Saga Hjordis Lindberg was born in Helsinki, graduated from Helsinki Business College during World War II and worked as a translator before coming to the United States in 1946. She settled in the Washington area shortly thereafter and became a U.S. citizen in 1950.

In the 1960s, she led Finnish tour groups on visits to Washington. In addition to her involvement with Finn Spark, she belonged to the Welcome to Washington International Club, a women’s social organization.

Mrs. Rinta led a chapter of the Capital Speakers Club of Washington and the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Symphony Orchestra’s women’s auxiliary, her daughter said. She also belonged to the Salvation Army women’s auxiliary.

In 2009, the Finnish government awarded Mrs. Rinta the Cross of Merit of the Order of the White Rose for her charitable work and support of Finnish culture.

Mrs. Rinta was a longtime resident of the Tantallon area of Fort Washington. She lived at the Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring for more than 20 years before moving to Kensington in 2011.

Her husband of 55 years, Eugene F. Rinta, died in 2002. Survivors include three children, Kerstin Speller of Fairfax County, Karen Rinta-Spinner of Bethesda and Michael Rinta of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; and eight grandchildren.

— Emily Langer